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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Honored for Additional Carbon Reduction Efforts
Nearly one year after Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was recognized as a newly accredited airport in the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) Airport Carbon Accreditation program, America’s Friendliest Airport® has taken it to the next level. By continuing to manage and reduce its carbon footprint, the Airport has been honored with a Level 2 Reduction in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program.
Phoenix Sky Harbor is committed to sustainability. In 2014, the Airport set a goal to reduce its carbon intensity (CO2) by 10 percent by the year 2020. From 2014-2015, Sky Harbor decreased its carbon footprint by more than 4 percent. Between 2015-2016, the airport further reduced its carbon footprint by 4.13 percent, bringing the total reduction from the program’s inception to 8.34 percent. As a result, the airport has been honored with a Level 2 Reduction as part of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program. Level 2 recognizes achievements for two years and further reduction in the airport’s carbon footprint.
Phoenix Sky Harbor has achieved these reductions by replacing traditional lighting with LED fixtures to reduce energy consumption, and upgrading HVAC cooling systems with more energy-efficient technology. Currently, the airport is working to add new energy-efficient equipment to the terminals and airport facilities. Terminal 3 is in the process of being modernized, and will be a LEED silver building. It features new, energy-efficient equipment and incorporates increased natural light without raising energy consumption. The Airport also plans to review the systems in its busiest terminal, Terminal 4, in order to further reduce energy consumption.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation Program is a voluntary initiative for airports that want to demonstrate their commitment to doing their part to reduce global warming and climate change. For more information on the program, visit http://www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org/.